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I usually use the extract filter to do my cutouts. It makes your cutouts a lot cleaner, especially if you have pictures with curly hair or difficult to cut out hair.
Here is Angie. Open your photo and then go to Filter>> Extract
Adjust the size of your brush and then draw around the photo. You can adjust the brush size under Tool Options. See where it says Brush Size. You should be using the tool that looks like a marker (Edge Highlighter Tool). If you make a mistake you can use the eraser to fix anything.
When you have drawn completely around the part you want cut out, use the Fill tool (looks like a paint bucket) to fill inside the highlighted area.
I usually select a White matte. If you don't you will have a transparent background and it is hard to see what you are doing. Then click Preview.
Use the clean up tool to go around and clean up whatever is left of the background. Use the top clean up tool. This will leave the edges sort of soft. You can keep it like this if you want or you can go around the edges again with the edge touch up tool (below the clean up tool).
I normally just use the edge touch up tool around the body and not the hair line. If you use it on the hair it sort of defeats the purpose and will smooth it out. You will see what I am talking about once you play around with it.
Here is the finished picture.
If I confused anyone let me know and I will try to explain. I didn't do this perfectly but you should get the idea.
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